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Everton faces Burnley at Goodison Park in a game that many of The Toffees fans are demanding a result in, with the pressure firmly on Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman managed to end an abysmal run last weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League, however, they only managed to pick up a draw on Thursday when they hosted Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

Koeman is hopeful that his squad selection is going to be better for him come Sunday, with Phil Jagielka and Micheal Keane possibly returning to the side ahead of the Premier League fixture.

The defensive pairing had missed the previous two matches with a hamstring and foot injury, and the boss has admitted that they are doubtful for the Burnley clash.

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“We have to make a decision about Michael and Phil over whether they are available for Sunday,” he told the club’s official website.

“They are doubtful.

“We will put out the best XI possible, with the most fresh players, in order to try and win the game.”

Koeman revealed that Wayne Rooney had been passed fit, however, declared that James McCarthy is still unavailable through injury.

The midfielder has had a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury but has recently returned to training with the first-team.

The Ireland international is expected to spend time with the Everton Under-23 side as he continues his rehabilitation, where he is expected to get the game time to make himself fit and available for selection.

Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolaise and Seamus Coleman continue to remain on the sidelines for the Toffees with long-term injuries.

Oumar Niasse is expected to return to Koeman’s matchday squad, having scored three times in the last two Premier League matches, after he missed the Europa League tie having been unregistered for the competition.